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The Forbidden (1978)

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In 1970's Liverpool, Clive Barker and a small group of friends from college made two short films, unseen by the general public until now. "Salome" (1973) and "The Forbidden" (1978) feature early footage of Barker, who also did most of the special effects, and Doug Bradley, who went on to fame as Pinhead in the "Hellraiser" films. Also included are interviews with Barker, Bradley and other key players. Contains graphic violence and nudity. Silent with music score. See more »

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Great but boring
16 October 2017 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

This is Barker's second movie attempt. Like Salome, this is short, black and white silent film, but this time a bit longer, printed in negative and combined with animation. Barker claims it's based on Faust. Technically it's very experimental and inventive, and special effects are fascinating considering almost no budget. Some elements from this film he later incorporates in Hellraiser. Although I'm impressed by results amateur achieved without budget, relying only on his imagination, cleverness and small group of friends, it would be lying to say I liked it. It's so boring that I barely endured till the end. I must admit that skinning scene is unbelievably convincing considering circumstances. When I found out how it's done I was sincerely stunned.

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